Parenting & Family Support Services

You are never too young to tackle mental health

Are our children learning to be as mentally fit as they are physically fit? Schools should be playing a significant role in influencing positive mental health and reducing the risk factors for mental health difficulties. There have been few generations as transformative for children as this one,...

Preschools without walls: why children need outdoor play

Too much screen-time and inactivity is depriving young people of vital life skills. Every generation winces when the previous one recalls how much better life was in their day. But one thing everyone remembers is playing outside as a child. If current trends are anything to go...

Bereavement Information Evening, The Family Centre, Castlebar, May 18, 2017

Venue: The Family Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (Registration from 7:15pm) Anam Cara, the all-Ireland organisation providing support services to bereaved parents and families, is hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in Mayo. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear...

How to Avoid A Poorly Designed School Mindfulness Program

By Jamie Bristow In the UK, it was recently announced that the national government will put public money into mindfulness in education for the first time. One hundred and fifty schools will take part in a trial training program as part of a wider piece of...

National Carers Week Event, Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar

We cordially invite you to attend our National Carers Week Event in Breaffy House Hotel , Castlebar on Monday 12th June from 11.00am-2.00pm. Inspirational Guest Speakers Áine Gaffney, speaking on behalf of her late brother Paddy, Mayo Carer of the Year Helen Rochford, Advocate for People...

#TeenMentalHealth Report: Nearly 75% of teens worry about body shape

In a special report, Irish Examiner journalists looks at teen mental health. A special Irish Examiner / ReachOut Ireland teen mental health survey was designed to capture the views of teenagers in Ireland in relation to youth mental health and the issues that affect them. A body of...

Ireland has highest European rate for young girls taking their own lives

New statistics show Ireland has the highest rate in Europe for young girls taking their own lives. Our reporter asks why and what can parents do? Suicide in Ireland is intrinsically linked with men. According to figures from the Office for Suicide Prevention (HSE), of the...

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Mayo Healthy Reading Scheme

The Mayo Healthy Reading Scheme a joint initiative by the HSE and Mayo County Council Library Services aims to promote the availability of a wide variety of self help books on a range of common psychological, emotional and parenting issues. A total of 88 books are...

Family Support Handbook

Free Information Book for Families Affected by Substance Use

The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Taskforce and the HSE West Drug Service recently developed a free information book for families affected by substance use. This book is for anyone who has a family member misusing drugs or alcohol, including parents, children, siblings, partners, grandparents...

Pre-baby blues: facing depression during pregnancy

Anxiety and pressure can prove too much, with many unaware of antenatal depression. Read more: Pre-baby blues: facing depression during pregnancy Photo source: The Irish Times More on Mental Health HERE More on Parenting & Family Support Services HERE...